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Anniversary Ale - Short's Brewing Company

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427 Ratings
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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 62
Gots: 46 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
2009 Tap only
2010 Tap and bottle
2013 Tap and bottle

Same recipe every year, according to the brewer, though ABV varies slightly.

"Anniversary Ale~ A high gravity wheat wine made with blood oranges that render an alluring dark purple hue to the color. Flavor abounds from the spice of green peppercorns and tang from blood orange zest. Aggressive dry hop additions amplify the citrus overtones and spiciness found throughout. ‘Anni’ Ale typifies the full magnitude of Short’s Brewing Company by embodying all the complexities and fulfillment necessary to pay tribute to another year of brewing. 10% ABV 63 IBU's"

(Beer added by: hoppymeal on 05-08-2009)
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Photo of zeledonia
1.98/5  rDev -49.9%

Tasted 22 January 2014.

Pours a deep amber with rusty orange hue. A thin layer of yellowish head, gone quickly, little lacing.

Smell is really intriguing. Some sweetness, and a bunch of orange with a moderate bite. It's got some zip, both from the citrus and the light spice. But there's something a little off about it.

Taste is just awful. Starts out pleasant enough, mildly sweet with zippy citrus. But it quickly devolves into horribly astringent bitter, like the nasty drying bitterness of grapefruit rind. I'm only taking a few sips to finish this review, and then I'm dumping it. I have negative desire to drink this.

Feel is fine, I suppose, if I can get by that horrible taste. Medium-bodied, kinda sticky, enough carbonation.

They put something in this beer that they shouldn't have. Maybe some part of the blood orange? Whatever it is, it gives the flavor a powerful and unpleasant bitterness. I like plenty of bitter beers, but this is just nasty. An unhesitating, unquestioned drainpour.

zeledonia, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of beertasterb
2/5  rDev -49.4%

beertasterb, May 20, 2014
Photo of ithinkimasofa
2/5  rDev -49.4%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of UnknownMale282
2/5  rDev -49.4%

UnknownMale282, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
2.15/5  rDev -45.6%

Beautiful deep plum color, purpley and dark with a small off-white head that vanished quickly, leaving whispers of thin micro-bubbles and a tiny ring around the collar. Thin legs. Virtually no lace remains longer than 3 seconds.

Smells sugary... Really really sweet. The sugarysweet notes rind me of a barleywine with some decent age on it-- at least 5 or 6 years. The spicy and boozy notes are pretty huge too. Fresh ground peppercorns, earthy spicy hops, and grains of paradise/coriander/orange zest to boot.
The flavor is just like the nose, but the dry boozy finish is a bit too much.
The body is slick and oily with a lot of residual sugar-- the sugar coats my teeth. A very strange note comes up on the finish, kinda earthy and vegetal with a pronounced bitterness blending into citrus fruit. It is rather unpleasant for my money.
Overall, this is not a top choice for wheatwines, but I do understand the desire to make an anniversary beer different and exciting-- I just think this is not a very enjoyable beer, wheatwine or not.

AleWatcher, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of _morandi_
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

_morandi_, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of ScottP
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

ScottP, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

miffsudd, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of ScottRansom
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

ScottRansom, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of drewone
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

drewone, Jan 24, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

emac1224, May 15, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

valdieu2, Feb 15, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

baybum, Jun 03, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

CheapBeerBuzz, May 08, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
2.8/5  rDev -29.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a reddish amber color with one inch of white head and almost no carbonation evident.

s - Smells strongly or oranges, as well as lemon, citrus hops, fruity malts, and sugar.

t - Tastes of some weird sweer oranges. Also some grapefruit, lemon, citrus hops, and sugar. Not great.

m - Light body and low carbonation.

d - Kind of a weird beer. The smell was ok, but the taste wasn't very enjoyable. Wouldn't seek out again.

mdfb79, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
2.83/5  rDev -28.4%

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one. 2010 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a deep red-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, orange, sugar, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, orange, sugar, and syrup. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall I was not really a big fan of this one. I'm starting to wonder if wheat wines are just not for me or something... The idea is nice, but usually the execution is off for my palate. The sweetness from the sugar on this one really killed it for me unfortunately. Worth trying for a fan of the style, but if you have never had one before I suggest starting elsewhere.

thagr81us, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of beachbum1975
2.95/5  rDev -25.3%

Urbancaver - thanks, man!

Pours a cloudy,deep mahogany with speckles of yeasty chuckiness in the mix. Quite sediment fiilled. I let it settle to the bottom and it was okay.

Bitter, semi-sweet orange peels, honey, pepper, marmalade, salty mayonnaise?, lightly sweet malts mix pleasantly in the nose. Unique to say the least.

More orange zest in the mouthfeel. Bittering citrus flavor overpowers the remainder of the beers' flavor profile. I get hints of the wheatwine base, but it's definitely secondary and masked behind all the citrus.

Interesting, but not my favorite Shorts beer...

beachbum1975, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of divineaudio
2.95/5  rDev -25.3%

tulip glass, 2010 batch.

a - color is an amazing! hazy, blood red. only got a thin film of head with some leggy lacing.

s - floral hops with a lot of citrus. has a slight earthiness that i can't place.

t - what a f'ing weird tasting beer. starts with a toasty malt character, but that is quickly washed away by a strong, herbal hop bitterness. has some citrus notes and a strange pungency, i'm guessing from the peppercorns. finishes bittersweet and slightly boozy.

m - feel is a little thicker than i was expecting, heavier side of medium with very little carbonation. slight alcohol warming.

d - fairly drinkable if you're into it. short's beers seem to be hit or miss, and this is a miss to me. certainly an interesting flavor experience, but not a beer that i'd want to have again.

divineaudio, Apr 23, 2011
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

JamesShoemaker, May 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

Gotti311, Aug 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

emottram, Jun 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

monitorpop, Nov 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

salaysayz, Aug 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

senorscientist, Jan 30, 2012
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Anniversary Ale from Short's Brewing Company
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